The testnet allowed Ethereum developers to practice running nodes, deploying contracts, and testing infrastructure, among other things. As a result, shadow forks allow developers to assess the impact of network upgrades before they happen. As part of the upgrade, the community needs to update their Ethereum clients and run the combination of an execution layer and consensus layer.
The CEO of crypto exchange BitMEX, Alexander Höptner, highlighted the need for paying close attention during the Ethereum upgrade to avoid service downtime. He also said that the success of The Merge will depend on the support of the community.
“You have to be just, let's say, awake and see what happens. There's a chance for high volatility. And so you have to make sure that your services are up and running. [...] We don't expect any major disruptions outside of volatility.”
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